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Success In Dependency Court 2018 Update

Success in Dependency Court has been updated. This volume includes sections on Parental Rights, on the Child Abuse Registry, discusses the Court’s expectations, and the final section of forms to help parents throughout the case. Check it out on paperback or ebook.

Author Nancee Tomlinson works to improve and update Success to help parents struggling to regain custody of their children. Plans are in the works for an audio version as well as a Spanish language publication.

Court Procedure for Foster Parents

Why do foster parents need a book?

Caregiver's Compass
A Foster Parent’s Guide to Foster Care


The court system is confusing. No one clearly advises or advocates for Foster Parents within this juvenile court system. Caregiver’s Compass provides an innovative and informative guide for Foster Parents to learn the processes and keep track of necessary information.

After years of watching Foster Parents struggle with their role and desperately wanting to advocate for their children in a system not set up to hear the Foster Parents, Nancee Tomlinson wrote Caregiver’s Compass to educate and support Foster Parents.

Caregiver’s Compass helps Foster Parents understand their role in the process and why the information is important. Foster Parents can use their day to day work with children in foster care to create good records for later use.

To purchase Caregiver’s Compass  (click here) for paperback or ebook(click  here) (just click the blue word).

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Foster Parents: Take Notes

How can keeping notes on contacts help a foster child?

Under everyday circumstances, memory may be all a person needs to recall pieces of information. Recollections of speaking with a doctor or doctor’s office and what information was communicated generally provides enough information to move to the next step in the process. In Court, though, one would need to know a date, the name of the person spoken to (say a nurse, not the doctor) and what specifically was said.


This behavior has two benefits.

(1) Being a witness in court is intimidating. The stress can cause one’s memory to freeze up which in turn causes more stress. Creating a written record provides an easy reference for the specific details.

(2) A record of the day to day interactions with school personnel, medical contacts, therapists, case managers, CASAs, you name it, can provide more details that could even show a pattern in a child’s life. In some instances, smaller details that may be unimportant to the foster parent might shift the tide in a dependency case for Child Protective Services or for a Guardian ad litem.

Tracking the details brings greater clarity to the bigger picture of a foster child’s life. Raising a foster child provides many day to day challenges that could over shadow the larger picture. The details do matter as well.

© 2015 Nancee Tomlinson

Dear Client: Liability for Parents in Truancy Matters

images In my law practice, friends, family, and random callers seek advice and information about Georgia Law. A recent question focused on Truancy in Georgia. A rural community had a parent arrested for a child’s purported 12 or so unexcused absences. The question: does it just happen out of the blue or is there some process before a parent is arrested? Georgia law requires that children between the ages of 6 and 16 attend school. If a child has 5 or more unexcused absences that parent or guardian in control of the child can be charged with a misdemeanor, sentenced to up to 30 days in jail, community service and/or a fine of between $25 and $1000. Each unexcused absence beyond the 5 days can be treated as a separate crime. OCGA 20-2-690.1. In my experience, school systems prefer to deal with the issue by speaking with parents and resolving issues. Only when the parent and child fail to improve on the problem or provide a reasonable explanation do parents go to jail. School systems are required to have a truancy protocol to address these incidents before reaching the arrest and charging level. OCGA 20-2-690.2. Providing written excuses and communicating with the school and the Truancy team can help parents avoid arrest in most cases. Failure to get a child to school on time is the responsibility of the parent under Georgia law. Judges and schools prefer for a child to be school, learning. No one wants to do the paperwork associated with arresting someone, having to appear in court, and deal with the Court system if they don’t have to.

© 2015 Nancee Tomlinson

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